Next week we will be celebrating Rosh Chodesh Elul, which marks a month to Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish Year. As has been my custom at least a decade I plan on praying at the Holy Site of Tel Shiloh, Shiloh Hakeduma, on Rosh Chodesh.
Rosh Chodesh is traditionally seen as a women’s holiday, and Shiloh was the Biblical site where Hannah prayed for a son. Her son Samuel was born the following year. Shiloh is a beautiful location, park-like and serene.
Archaologists have been working at Tel Shiloh constantly in recent years and continually discover how central Shiloh was to Jewish History, even after David became King and established Jerusalem as the Capital City. We have been living in Shiloh for thirty-six years, and it is the second best decision we made, the first being aliyah to Israel. Not only has Shiloh changed enormously over those years, but I have no doubt that living in Shiloh certainly changed me. It’s a very spiritual place. Many of us can feel the holiness that never left. Remember that Shiloh, not only predated Jerusalem, but the Tabernacle rested in Shiloh for almost four hundred 400 years before the Holy Temple was built.
Every month women join me for our special prayers. We pray individually, not as a minyon, but we do sing Hallel outlod together. Women are invited to join us:
Women’s Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh
Rosh Chodesh Elul 5777
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
1st of Elul, 5777, 8:30am
Hallel and Musaf for Rosh Chodesh
Tour of Tel Shiloh
Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors.
תפילת נשים ראש חודש אלול
בשילה הקדומה, תל שילה
יום ד’ 23-8-2017
א’ אלול, תשע”ז 8:30
הלל ומוסף לראש חודש
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות
If you’d like more information about the women’s prayers, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: Rosh Chodesh Prayers.
Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh, is open to visitors six days a week. For more information contact 02-994-4019. Tours can be arranged along with entrance to the movie and musuem. There’s also a lovely souvineer and gift shop at the entrance to the Visitors Center.
There will be a special women’s event, Tefilat Chana, a week before Rosh Hashanah, offering tours, music, singing by Etti Ankari and a talk in Hebrew by Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi.